Dynamic systems, bifurcations, procedural worlds

I’m using pgfplots a lot, so I will share some examples today.

Here, I benefit from these features of pgfplots, going beyond base TikZ:

  • Simple plotting with 3d coordinates and axonometric projection
  • Presentation of required coordinate axes
  • Using color gradients
  • Reading in files with externally calculated data

In any case we can use Lua for calculating data. Lua generates the TeX commands for printing, which will be processed in a pgfplots axis environment.

Here are the samples, just click on it to get to the corresponding thread on TeXwelt with full source code.

Lorenz attractor (dynamic system)

While I posted a Python calculated version on TeXwelt.de, Henri added one, which bases on LuaTeX. Let’s see his picture at first:

Lorenz attractor

Of pgfplots I used the transparency feature besides the standard 3d plot, so I got an impression of the density:

Lorenz attractor

Once we calculated the data, the code is simple:

      xmin = -25, xmax = 25,
      ymin = -25, ymax = 25,
      zmin =   0, zmax = 50,
      hide axis,
    \addplot3[mark=none, mesh, shader=interp, color=black, opacity=0.2]
      file { lorenz.dat }; 

Fractal landscapes – the base for producing procedural worlds

Between adjacent points, new points will be calculated, with random but limited variation. Finally we will get a mountainous landscaoe. The calculated points get color according to their height: blue for sea level and below, green for mountains and white above the snowline.

Fractal landscape

Next step: specify nice starting values, for beginning with a certain base structure, such as an island in the water.

Feigenbaum diagram (bifurkations)

This is a classic of the chaos theory und closely related to the Mandelbrot set. Also here, we use transparency for an impression of the point density.

Feigenbaum diagram

I often started such topics on TeXwelt.de. LaTeX support for thesis writers is not the only talking point there. It became established, that TeX connoisseurs post their ideas in shape of a question, often themselves posting the first answer, opening a discussion. The final goal is a knowledge database, built on top of questions and answers.

08. July 2014 by stefan
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